Top 10 Chilling Movies for Halloween
Who doesn’t love October? Cooler temperatures. Changing of the leaves. Last month before the holiday madness goes full throttle. And Halloween. This year I have two costume parties to attend so I’m looking forward to wearing a costume more than once. But my favorite part of October are the chilling movies.
When I was a teen, I loved horror. Kill the psychopath ten times and they still come back for more – perfect! Today I’m more into psychological thrillers, less blood and gore, more what in the hell is happening! So I created a Top 10 Chilling Movie list so you can get started now with a terrifyingly good time in October. Some are obvious, some are homage, and some are less known, but all are worth your time.
The Conjuring (1) – I love a movie “base on true events” even though the license to creative drama can be very broad. Ed and Lorrain Warren are paranormal investigators who try to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their new farmhouse they got for extra cheap. This should always be a warning to everyone. The Warren’s have total street cred because back in the day they assisted in the authentication of the Amityville Horror house – another house bought on the cheap.
Sinister – Searching for the perfect movie to give you nightmares weeks? Look no further! True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt has hit a dry spell. So why not rent the home of a sadistic serial killer, move your family in without telling them, discover a box of his home movies, and put your family in danger while you go crazy. Don’t watch alone.
Any Stephen King movie – He’s the master of the written word, but doesn’t always like how his novels are adapted for the big screen. Case in point, The Shining. Those who’ve seen it think it’s wonderful – because it is. But King hated it. Also good for the month of October is It, Carrie, Misery, Christine, Cujo, The Dead Zone, Secret Window, or The Stand. Take your pick – they’re all creepy wonderful.
The Orphanage – Don’t mind subtitles? This movie is in Spanish about a woman who brings her family back to her childhood estate, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. Yay! I love invisible friends. Had a couple myself growing up. But there’s a twist at the end that is heartbreakingly chilling.
Any Alfred Hitchcock movie – The man was a legend (and a sexual predator). If you’ve already seen Psycho and The Birds, which are Hitchcock 101, choose another one. North By Northwest would be my suggestion. Imagine being mistaken as a government spy and pursued by the bad guys. Or Vertigo about a detective who suffers from acrophobia.
Poltergeist (1982) – When I first saw this movie I wanted a poltergeist to come to my house. Don’t ask me why because it’s probably not much fun getting sucked into a TV, but this plot does an excellent job of suspending disbelief. Seriously, don’t build a subdivision on top of a cemetery when you haven’t moved the bodies. And do not waste your time with the 2015 remake or Poltergeist II or III. Not worth your time.
Diabolique – There’s the original and the remake, so it depends on how you feel about Sharon Stone as to which one to watch. It’s the story of a meek wife and bold mistress of a cruel man who conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. Twists and turns galore!
The Game – What do you get a rich guy who has everything for his birthday – a good old fashioned mind fuck! This isn’t in the horror genre, but I had to watch this movie half a dozen times to figure out who can be trusted and who can’t. Yes, there are plot problems, but it’s still a hell of good thriller.
The Silence of the Lambs – Clarice! Quid pro quo! Anthony Hopkins is so creepy/scary/sadistic yet charming/brilliant/manipulative anyone of us would join him for dinner. But don’t! Jodie Foster is the young F.B.I. cadet who receives his help to catch Buffalo Bill, his protégé serial killer who skins his victims so he can wear them. Most people have seen this movie, but if you haven’t, watch or read it right away.
Halloween – What list would be complete without Michael Meyers who stabbed his sister on Halloween night for being a slut? That’ll teach her! But after being locked up for 15 years in a mental ward, Michael escapes and returns home to kill some more. Best original score, in my opinion, and a must see for the month of October.